Weekly Update from ERVAS – 02.10.2020



Weekly Update from ERVAS – 02.10.2020

ERVAS Services Update
Voluntary Sector Updates
National Voluntary Sector Updates
Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates
Health Updates
Community Safety Updates
Funding News
GOV.UK Updates

Know a local group who need extra support providing #COVID19 relief?

You can still request support from the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership.

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ERVAS Services Update

We are Recruiting!  
Food Bank Development Officer
To assist ERVAS in delivering our National Lottery Community Fund project to enhance and develop the East Riding Food Bank Poverty Alliance project. The role will include working with the food bank delivery network across the East Riding of Yorkshire to grow and develop services across the area, ensure support is provided to secure a robust sector going forward and through the Covid-19 crisis. The post holder will support the Food Bank Poverty Alliance to develop, create firm partnerships and grow local social supermarkets to meet the aims of the food banks and work strategically to combat food poverty within the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Closing date for applications: Friday 9 October 2020, 5pm.
Interviews will be held on: w/c 12 October 2020.

Find out more and apply

Practice Accountant
To provide financial management training, advice and information, and accounting services to external voluntary organisations companies and small businesses. Up to date knowledge and a flexible approach to service delivery is essential. To expand and market the Accountancy Service within the area.

Closing date for applications: Noon, Friday 9 October 2020
Interviews will be held on: w/c 12 October 2020

Find out more and apply

** NEWS ** 
Tackling Inequalities Fund

£649 of National Lottery funding awarded to East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) Ltd towards tackling of activity inequalities in East Riding of Yorkshire

East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) Ltd has been awarded £649 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund which aims to tackle inequalities in activity levels through working with its partners to reach those most in need as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

Read more

National Lottery Community Fund
We would like to welcome our two new staff members working accross the East Riding on the new Beyond Our Four Walls project.

Sarah Hartley – Development Officer
Building resilience through COVID-19 and beyond.

Beyond Our Four Walls is a 6 month project of practical support to organisations in the East Riding of Yorkshire. We will provide free, individual, tailored support to organisations, community groups and charities with advice and guidance on governance issues, policies, business planning and much more. We can work with your group to help you identify what you need and provide you with the help and practical resources to ensure that your organisation is fit-for-purpose, funding ready and resilient for the future.

Contact Sarah on sarah@ervas.org.uk, to arrange an informal chat about what we can do together.

Paula Bielby – Funding Officer
I believe that individuals and communities are stronger when they work together to benefit everyone, and that has never been more true than during the pandemic. I have worked on both sides of the VCSE sector over the years, working and volunteering in roles dependent on securing funding and also in roles to offer, secure and manage funding to VCSE organisations. I therefore understand how to help organisations negotiate the funding maze in order to help them achieve their objectives. I am passionate about helping local VCSE organisations to source funding during these difficult times in order to survive, recover, thrive, and build resilience for the future.

If you would like help and advice on funding please contact me at paula@ervas.org.uk.

Local-Links & ERVAS AGM
An event for ALL voluntary and community groups,
  • 10am Introduce and promote your organisation
  • 11am ERVAS AGM
  • 11:15am Funding Update
  • 11:30am A focus on Bridlington & the Community Hub
When? Tuesday 13 October at 10 am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Free Social Media Training
Would Your Organisation Benefit from an Enhanced Social Media Presence?
Would You Like to Learn More about How to Maximise your Social Media Output and Become a Social Wiz?

If the Answer is YES then Look No Further!!

You will learn the following topics;

  • How social media will benefit your organisation
  • Writing in Plain English
  • Maximising the use of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Making use of a social media calendar

When? Wednesday 14 October at 10 am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Free workshop on Fraud and Cybercrime (Hull)
Join us for yet another webinar with Devan Witter from ERVAS and PC Alistair Kennedy from the Humberside Police Cyber Crime Unit, for a webinar on Fraud and Cybercrime.

This session will cover all you need to know, to stay protected from fraudsters and cyber criminals during this time.

We will discuss the art of how criminals manipulate people to obtain personal information. It’s definitely better to be aware of these tactics.

When? Wednesday 28 October at 10 am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

S.E.N.D. Networking and Information Session
Do you work or volunteer in East Riding of Yorkshire with children or young people who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (S.E.N.D.) or their families?

Do you want to find out more about how we can all work together to improve local services across the area?
If the answer to these questions is YES, then YOU are invited to this event.

When? Wednesday 21 October at 2 pm
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

We are looking for volunteer Fraud and Cyber Awareness Champions for the Hull and East Riding area.
We are looking for passionate individuals that would like to reduce the number of victims in our area. Full training will be provided virtually. This role is aimed at anyone who is able to help out in their local area.

Please email training@ervas.org.uk for more information about the role.

Cyber Awareness and Digital Inclusion Survey

Covid 19 has brought into sharp focus the gap in know-how and access to technology for some people / organisations at a time when more and more is moving online.

We want to get a better understanding of what organisations are already doing to address digital inclusion and understand cyber security, whether there are gaps and what we can do to fill any gaps.

The information will be used as evidence about next steps for a coordinated response to digital and cyber needs within East Yorkshire.

Cyber Security is everyone’s business, and we want to ensure our support is reaching the people who need it the most.

Complete the Survey

Voluntary Sector Updates

BillboardTV – September Show

The latest edition of the arts and culture show for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire is now available on YouTube.

This is a programme produced every month by volunteers and coming up to its third anniversary. It puts local creative people and groups on broadband television and is attracting more than 10,000 views. The reporter for the East Riding is Tony Barker.
This month, we feature the East Riding’s Festival of Words, a preview of the Royal Photographic Society’s exhibition at Beverley,  and the latest book by Market Weighton-based author, Chris Turnbull.

There is also the usual mix of book reviews, films and music.

Have we featured your work or have you told BillboardTV? Email billboardtvuk@gmail.com.


Beverley Community Lift Update

The transport charity, Beverley Community Lift, is looking to increase the number of customers in Beverley that it takes for supermarket shopping.

The organisation, which supports people who do not have convenient access to transport,  restarted its weekly minibus journeys to local shops in September following the easing of lockdown restrictions, albeit at reduced capacity in line with COVID-19 guidelines.  Services in Market Weighton and Pocklington have already become very popular.

Beverley customers currently go each week to destinations such as Morrisons and Aldi.

New customers need to register but that is free. Simply call 01482 868082 on weekday mornings, 9am-12 noon, for details about bookings and charges. Volunteers to act as passenger assistants, supporting the driver, are also being recruited.

Beverley Community Lift, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, provides shopping trips and excursions through its minibus fleet and transport to medical and social appointments via car transport. Both services are provided by volunteers. Details: www.bclift.org.uk.

Jacob’s Well Appeal Charity Sale

We are holding our charity sale. We still have social distancing measures & less stalls, but all worth it for this cause.

It will take place on Saturday 10th October. from 9am-3pm at Toll Gavel Church Driveway in Beverley.

Lots of bargains as always: Books, CDs, DVDs, Toys, Games, Clothes, Bric a Brac, Fresh Produce, Tombola.

All organised by our very committed Volunteers.

PPE – Visors/Masks/Hand Sanitiser/Hand Wash is still available every morning at our warehouse – all donations for our Covid Overseas Poverty Fund

Funding Available for Firefighting Equipment
and Training Courses

Firefighting Equipment
We have been donated various pieces of new/still boxed firefighting equipment. These are available to local charities, non profit making organisations and community groups – free of charge

Workplace Safety Courses
We are also pleased to announce that we have scheduled some dates for the following workplace safety courses;

  • 20th Nov  – Fire Extinguisher
  • 4th Dec  – Manual Handling
  • 17th Dec  – Fire Marshal
  • 7th & 8th Jan  – First Aid at Work
  • 15th Jan  – Emergency First Aid at Work​

Course places are free to local charities, non profit making organisations and community groups.​

Places are very limited due to COVID-19 measures

Find out more

Homestart Hull AGM

Homestart Hull will be taking place via Zoom – so get some cake and a cuppa and join in to find out about their activities and plans past and future.

It will be held on Thursday 8th October at 11am.

Email admin@homestarthull.org.uk for a link to the event

Find out more about Homestart Hull on their website

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update

Five Point Plan to help support work of charities updated ahead of winter ‘second wave’
The #NeverMoreNeeded partnership (which we are a part of) has developed an updated Five Point Plan which shows how the Government could provide additional support to the VCSE sector, ahead of the second wave.

The Covid-19 crisis has posed an unprecedented challenge and the Government has had to respond swiftly and will need to continue to do so, following the increase in infections and introductions of further restrictions. This crisis has highlighted the importance of people and communities coming together and the crucial way in which charities and community organisations have contributed.

Download, review and share the ‘Five Point Plan’ here

Homes, health and COVID-19
The Centre for Ageing Better and the King’s Fund have jointly published a report summarising the role and impact of poor-quality housing on health, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The condition of homes, insecure tenure, and wider neighbourhood characteristics all have a considerable effect on health and wellbeing.

Despite this, 18% of homes in England are in a ‘non-decent’ condition. These homes are occupied disproportionately by older people, those with existing health conditions, people on lower incomes and those from ethnic minority groups.

Click here for more information

How to communicate better with people with hearing loss
COVID-19 poses a unique challenge for health and social care professionals when talking to someone with hearing loss.

Those with hearing loss often rely on visual cues such as lip reading or facial expressions during a conversation. Remote appointments on the telephone or talking to someone who is wearing personal protective equipment such as a mask can make things more difficult.

In response to this, Healthwatch has published some important tips to help you communicate effectively with someone with hearing loss.

Click here to review the advice

New package to support and enforce self-isolation
People with symptoms, or with a positive Covid-19 test result, will be required by law to self-isolate from 28 September. To support those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and will lose income as a result, the Government will provide a payment of £500.

Just under 4 million people who are in receipt of benefits in England will be eligible for this payment, which will be available to those who are required to self-isolate from 28 September.

Local authorities will be working quickly to set up these self-isolation support schemes and we expect them to be in place by 12 October.

More information can be found here

Children England Email News

Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue
Following the launch of the NHS Covid-19 app, venues in England and Wales now need to display a QR code so that visitors can scan the QR code when they arrive, using their phones. This is to help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You should create and display a QR code if you are:

  • a business, place of worship or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public
  • an event which is taking place in a physical location

If you have more than one venue, you need to create a separate QR code for each location.

Create your QR code here.

Survey: Designated safeguarding leads in youth organisations
Amplify consultancy is conducting a research project with The National Youth Safeguarding Forum about Designated Safeguarding Leads in youth organisations, including a 30-minute survey. The survey is open to staff and volunteers over the age of 18 working in England (or UK-wide) who are Designated Safeguarding Leads.

The research is being conducted with support from the National Youth Agency and working with NSPCC, Centre for Youth Impact, UKYouth, London Youth and the Centre of Youth Impact.

The survey will close at midday on Sunday 18th October 2020. Click here to take part in this research.

NYA Guidance remains at Amber level

** Following the Prime Ministers statement (22 Sept 2020) the NYA confirms that as an essential service, youth sector activity remains unchanged where COVID secure to NYA guidance standards. There are NO local restrictions in place across the whole of England. Bubbles of 15 in COVID Secure venues can continue**

  • COVID Secure venues required
  • Max bubbles of 15 (+ youth workers and staff)
  • Face coverings required for ages 11+
  • Social Distancing required of 1 metre plus

(Version 2)
Everyone should read the guidance and follow the recommended actions and requirements. This guidance is intended for use in England.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert: Issue 115

£60,000 fine for company exploiting coronavirus pandemic through spam texts
We have fined Digital Growth Experts Ltd (DGEL) £60,000 for sending over 16,000 unlawful text messages advertising hand sanitiser that they claimed was “effective against coronavirus”.

We started investigating DGEL when complaints forwarded to 7726 (the GSMA spam reporting service) were included as part of the ICO’s Monthly Threat Assessment, which is used to identify organisations breaking the law.

DGEL has also been issued with an enforcement notice ordering it to comply within 30 days of receipt of the notice.

If you believe you have been the victim of nuisance texts, calls or emails, report them to us, get in touch via live chat or call our helpline or 0303 123 1113.

Read the press release here

ICO fines company £130,000 for unauthorised pension cold calls
Under a 2019 change in the law around who can call you about your pension, we have fined CPS Advisory Ltd £130,000 for making over 100,000 unauthorised pension calls between January and April 2019.

The law is designed to stop scammers defrauding people out of their pensions. Under the new law, companies can only make live calls to people about their occupational or personal pensions if:

  • the caller is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), or is the trustee or manager of an occupational or personal pension scheme; and

the recipient of the call consents to calls, or has an existing relationship with the caller.

Find out more on our website

How worried should we be about deadly cyber-attacks?

How worried should we be about deadly cyber-attacks? Close Experts have been warning for years that it’s not a matter of if, but when, hackers will kill somebody. German police are conducting the first ever homicide investigation in which hackers could be to blame.

It comes as the head of the EU’s cyber-security agency tells the BBC that countries should consider making company bosses liable for deaths caused through cyber-attacks which could have been prevented.

So where are people most at risk, and how worried should we be about deadly cyber-attacks?

Read more

Reporter: Joe Tidy
Director/ Producer: Natalia Zuo
Executive producer: Claire Williams

BBC News

Catalyst Update

Strengthening the digital ecosystem
We wrote for the National Lottery’s Digital Fund about how connection with others leads to success in digital.

What Hestia learned from the Tech for Good programme
We spoke to domestic violence charity Hestia about their experience of using the Tech for Good programme to develop a tool to help employers tackle domestic violence.

103 charities receive National Lottery Discovery funding 
Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response has funded 103 organisations through Discovery. We take a look at the programme, and share tips on what to do if you’re not involved this time.

NEW Charity Digital Code of Practice events
A series of free ‘What next’ webinars led by Zoe Amar (Charity Digital Code of Practice) and Tori Ellaway (CAST) kicks off next Thursday with ‘How to review your COVID-19 digital progress’. Book your free place here.

NAVCA Digital Update

Microsoft Office 2010 support to end in October
Support for Microsoft Office 2010 is scheduled to end on October 13th, 2020, with no extension or extended security updates from Microsoft.

This means that you would be using the software without Microsoft providing any bug fixes or security updates.

If your charity is among those still using Microsoft Office 2010 programmes, it’s time to start planning your next Microsoft Office upgrade before October in order to avoid security risks.

Click here for more information on what is available

Six steps to mapping your digital infrastructure
Almost every charity uses digital technology in one form or another, and every charity should have a digital strategy – or at the very least be in the process of designing one.

This strategy can help inform planned changes to the way the charity operates.

But for a digital strategy to be successfully formulated and implemented, it is first necessary to have a complete picture of the charity as it is in the present. That means understanding the current organisational structure, culture, and staff skill sets, as well as the digital technology that is currently being used in the charity.

Click here to view Charity Digital’s 6 steps to mapping your digital infrastructure

Health Updates

Mental Health Survey

As part of our new campaign ‘Healthy Minds in East Riding’, launching in October, we want to know what good mental heath means to you. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

Complete the survey

We need you!

We are reshaping the way we deliver Outpatient Care and we would like to hear our patients views on:

  • New ways of providing outpatient care
  • How we communicate with you

Join us for our online meetings via Eventbrite by scanning a QR code below with your mobile phone or email HEYImprovement.Programme@hey.nhs.uk

Wednesday 30th September 2020
2pm – 4pm

Thursday 1st October 2020
2pm – 4pm

Community Safety Updates

Neighbour of the Year Award 2020 Now Open

Nominate a neighbour that goes above and beyond for your community for the Neighbour of the Year Award 2020 run by Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch

For the third year running, we’re excited to launch the nationwide search in partnership with our friends at Co-op Insurance to find and celebrate some of the UK’s best neighbours.

Our members have told us that to be a great neighbour people share some clear qualities: a willingness to look out for others; being sociable and friendly; offering practical help; and being kind, caring and respectful.

In addition to our Neighbour of the Year Award, this year we have a brand-new category, Co-op’s Young Neighbour of the Year. This award will celebrate someone aged 18-24 who has gone above and beyond to help enhance their community and has brought people, young and old, together.
Nominations are now open

If you’ve got someone who ticks all these boxes and more in either category, tell us all about them and how they go above and beyond.

Click here to be taken to our nomination form, where you can share your stories of great neighbourly activities and acts of kindness.

The deadline to nominate is 27th October.

Additional Dates –  Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families In The East Riding of Yorkshire:
Thresholds, Referrals & Consent Briefing

Due to demand we have added additional sessions to support the implementation of the revised Effective Support Offer. It is important that practitioners and operational managers have an understanding of the revised threshold guidance.


  • To introduce you to the updated Threshold of Intervention and Need Guidance and how to use it to help inform your decision making.
  • To inform you how to make requests for service to the new Early Help Locality Hubs and the Children’s Safeguarding Hub when additional or intensive support is needed for children, young people and their families or you have a safeguarding concern.
  • To help you understand when consent is needed to discuss a child’s situation or make a request for service.
  • To Book a place chose a session below and apply by emailing your details to the ERSCP as detailed below.

Sessions: All will be delivered via Teams on the dates below via Microsoft Teams

Date / Times:

  • Tuesday 6 October      15:45 – 16:45
  • Monday 19 October 15.45 – 16.45
  • Monday 9 November 15.45 – 16.45

How to apply:
Please email erscp.training@eastriding.gov.uk with the following information

  • Full Name
  • Team
  • Job Tile
  • Email address
  • Effective Support Briefing dates preferred

East Riding Crime Reduction Fund

The East Riding Crime Reduction Fund has been established by the East Riding Community Safety Partnership, with funding provided by the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner and aims to provide grants for projects that will provide sustainable solutions to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Projects must help to meet at least one of the three aims in the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime plan:

  • To deliver increasingly self-sustaining and safe communities in the Humber area
  • To build public confidence in the agencies involved in creating safer communities
  • To provide services to victims and the vulnerable that meet their needs.

Size of grants: Grants are available of up to £20,000

When to apply?

Applications to this fund will be assessed on an ongoing basis subject to available funds. Decisions on awards in 2020/21 will be made in September 2020, December 2020 and March 2021.

Deadlines for applications to be considered at each meeting will be:

  • 2nd November 2020
  • 1st February 2021

Find out more and apply

Funding News

The National Emergencies Trust
The National Emergencies Trust has announced plans to distribute a further £12m from its coronavirus appeal to a range of charity partnerships offering targeted support to groups who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

National Lottery
Civil Society reports that the National Lottery Community Fund has launched a £4.95m fund to help charities scale up their digital capabilities – it’s aimed at charities working with groups that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

More Than a Pub Programme Re-opens with £2.2m in New Funding for England
Community organisation in rural and urban England that want to take control of their local pub for the benefit of the local community can apply now for a support package.

Funded by Power to Change and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and led by the national charity, the Plunkett Foundation, this new £2.2 million round of ‘More than a Pub’, makes a range of support and funding available until December 2020.

Applications will be considered from organisations that are incorporated or intend to incorporate and which are using, or planning to use, one of the following legal forms:

  • Community Benefit Society
  • Co-operative Society
  • Company Limited by Guarantee
  • Community Interest Company (large membership)

Closing Date:
Applications will be accepted at any time and are assessed at Panel meetings on the second Thursday of every month. Applications must be submitted by the 28th of the previous month.
The programme will run from 19 August to December 2020.

Find out more

Disabled People’s Organisations can Apply now for COVID-19 Emergency Funding
A total of £1 million is available for this programme and will be broken down based on the disability population in each of the four nations of the UK.

Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are available to cover the period of 1 November 2020 to 30 June 2021. The fund will be able to pay for equipment, running and staffing costs as well as covering a full cost recovery model.

The funding is for work that responds directly to needs arising from the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of:

  • Independent living: covering any COVID-19 related issues affecting disabled people’s choice and control over their lives.
  • Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation, such as providing IT equipment and support so people can access on-line support or setting up and running peer support networks.
  • Income: covering work to support disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues

Closing date:
5th October 2020

Find out more

Emergency funding available for residents struggling financially due to COVID-19 pandemic

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s emergency assistance scheme aims to help residents of the East Riding who are in need at a time of crisis.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the government have made available a limited amount of funds for residents of the East Riding who are in need at a time of emergency or crisis. This money is to help support residents where they have had a reduction in their income as a result of coronavirus and urgently require assistance with food and essentials.

Awards will be made where there is no alternative means of meeting the need, this includes help from universal credit and other benefits payable.

Find out more

GOV.UK Updates

Commission seeks new trustees at Sikh Channel charity
The Charity Commission is seeking to appoint new trustees to the Sikh Channel Community Broadcasting Company Limited.

Comic Relief, Greggs Foundation and Global’s Make Some Noise to benefit from major coronavirus charity match-funding scheme
19 philanthropists, charitable funders and foundations to receive share of £85 million from government – generating £170 million for charities’ vital work

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector
Guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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